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By all accounts, 2009 has not been a great year, what with ongoing economic problems, natural disasters, and, oh yeah, war.

That doesn't mean you can't bid it adieu stylishly, with a feast to end all feasts.

To help you, we've compiled a list to facilitate your festivities allowing you to carouse in class this New Year's Eve.





Catch at Casa Del Mar


Recently renovated by the Obamas' decorator, Los Angeles-based Michael Smith, Casa Del Mar is looking pretty spruced up these days, so why not celebrate New Year's Eve by the beach? There are two early seatings at 5PM and 7PM that include three courses for $85, but come later for either the 8PM or 10PM seatings and enjoy four courses plus party favors and a midnight champagne toast for $170. Eat in the new year with starters like day boat scallops with cauliflower and capers, main courses like kurobuta pork braised and roasted with chestnuts, cider and mustard, and desserts like caramelized pineapple with toasted coconut ice cream.

1910 Ocean Way
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 581-7714
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Comme Ca

Head to David Myer's French brasserie on Melrose for a thoroughly Parisian New Year's that celebrates "Les Années Folles" of 1920s Paris. Walk through the drawn red velvet curtains into the dim mood lighting and socialize with vintage-clad servers as they bring you your four-course tasting menu. The meal costs $95 per person and includes dishes like squab breast crepinette with black barley and roasted persimmon. Guests coming for the third and last seating (at 11PM) will be offered a complimentary glass of champagne to toast the New Year.

8479 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 782-1178
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Grace

Guest singer Erica Canales will serenade diners on New Year's Eve at Grace this year as they eat their way through Chef Neal Fraser's $80 three-course menu. Dishes include a black truffle risotto with lobster nage, braised veal short ribs and langoustines with potato gnocchi, and vanilla poached pear with crispy rice pudding and bourbon-chocolate sauce. Wine pairings are an extra $40, though there is a special premium wine pairing available for $80 too. Reservations are available from 5:30PM-10:30PM.

7360 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 934-4400
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Hudson House

This Southbay gastropub is offering guests the choice of a low-key, comfortable New Year's Eve celebration, or a chance to take home their very own "Party In A Box" available for pick up that day. You can customize your box to include Hudson House specialties like Cabrales blue cheese-stuffed olives, bacon-chive biscuits with spiced honey butter, brown sugar pork ribs, and Dungeness crab deviled eggs. The chic little bar will also be offering regular service that evening for those of you not feeling like shut-ins.

514 N. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 798-9183
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JiRaffe

Sophisticated cuisine is the hallmark at this Santa Monica destination, so enjoy a four-course New Year's Eve menu of dishes like potato-wrapped big eye ahi tuna with Perigord truffles, palm hearts and Satsuma tangerine; and roast Jidori chicken breast with duck confit strudel, porcini mushrooms, kabocha squash, Brussels sprouts and sour cherry sauce. Reservations for the first seating are available from 5:30PM-7:15PM, which costs $95 per person, and from 8PM-10PM for the second seating, which is $135 per person and includes a glass of champagne.

502 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 917-6671
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Lilly's

This perennial favorite French café and wine bar in Venice will be serving up a New Year's Eve three-course dinner for $45 per person including a glass of champagne with the amuse bouche from 6PM-11PM on the big night. Special dishes include sea scallops served over braised endive, roasted quails stuffed with foie gras and served with baby veggies and thyme sauce, and a pineapple-pumpkin tagine. Who said the French were all bad?

1034 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 314-0004
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Petrossian Caviar Boutique and Café

This caviar and champagne boutique is definitely fancy but still fun-the perfect setting for welcoming a new year. This New Year's Eve, they will be offering a six-course prix fixe menu at two seatings, the first at 6PM for $95, and the second at 9PM for $125. Some of the menu highlights will included hand-sliced smoked salmon with toast points and dill crème fresh, seared scallops with cauliflower puree with caviar beurre blanc, and prime beef filet mignon with semolina gnocchi in sauce bordelaise. The meal will start, of course, with caviar and blini.

321 N. Robertson Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90048
(310) 271-0576
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Rivera

Join Chef John Sedlar for a festive New Year's Eve at this downtown temple to tequila (and nouvelle Mexican cuisine tooThe early seating starts anytime from 6:30PM-7:30PM, and costs $75 per guest for a six-course menu (with the possibility of two different wine pairings priced at $50 or $75). The late seating starts anytime from 9PM-10PM, and includes an eight-course menu for $110 per guest (you can also get the wine pairings with this one). The first ten confirmed reservations for parties of four people or more will also receive a complimentary bottle of Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne. How's that for toasting in the New Year? Just want cocktails? Come for mixologist Julian Cox's Bottomless Cocktail Party with libations from his list of specialties including concoctions like the Tejocote Punch. It's $50 per person and runs from 11PM-12:30AM.

1050 S. Flower St., #102
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 749-1460
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RockSugar


Enjoy the foods of all your favorite Asian nations at Century City's RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen. The five-course prix fixe menu for New Year's Eve will include specialties like Indian stuffed flatbread, nyonya seared scallops, and caramelized banana custard cake. Get a bottle of champagne for the table for an extra $60.

10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 552-9988
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Spanish Kitchen

You can come for dinner or just to drink at this West Hollywood favorite on New Year's Eve. Dinner is three courses and includes an open bar all night long for just $65 per person. Go for that, because the open bar alone costs $55, so you only save ten bucks and you don't get to enjoy dishes like tortilla soup, halibut Veracruzano wrapped in a banana leaf and served with jalapeno mashed potatoes, and a rock slide chocolate brownie for dessert.

826 N. La Cienega Blvd.,
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 659-4794
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Vertical Wine Bistro

This revamped Pasadena wine haunt is offering two dinner seatings on New Year's Eve. The first-for the old fogies who will likely be asleep when the ball drops-begins at 6PM, and the second is at 8PM. Each will include a 5-course prix fixe meal including a cheese course and dessert for $65 per person, though since it's the final countdown, splurge on deluxe wine pairings for a total of $125, all overseen by resident "Wine Dude," David Haskell. After dinner, relax in the front lounge area to DJ-spun tunes. Want to just come for the bar party from 10PM-2AM? It's $20 at the door, or $35 to reserve a table in the lounge.

70 N. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 795-3999
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Westside Tavern

Though it normally doesn't take reservations, Chef Warren Schwartz's new restaurant at the Westside Pavilion will be setting aside tables for the first time just on New Year's Eve so you can be sure that you'll enjoy the menu of hearty, all-American dishes with a fresh California twist this New Year's. No prix-fixe requirement or time constraints here, just decide when you want to go in, and have what you want before you start your New Year's diet the next day.

10850 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 470-1539
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We did our best to round up the best options for you, but we're not the only ones planning a big night out to mark the end of the decade. To find out about other restaurant holding blowout bashes, check out a few of these other useful sites.

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